March 27, 2007

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Heavy rains and lightning forced the cancellation of the Tennessee baseball team's Tuesday night game at Tennessee Tech. Play was halted in the top of the fifth inning due to a nearby lightning strike. The Vols were leading 3-2 at the time, but the game was not official since it lasted less than five full innings.

A two-run homer by Yan Gomes and an RBI single by J.P. Arencibia spotted the Vols an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. Shortstop Tony Delmonico and designated hitter Julio Borbon each added doubles for UT in the top of the first.

Eagles catcher Steve Soper quickly cut Tennessee's lead to a single run with a two-run homer of his own in the bottom of the first. And the teams proceeded to breeze through three scoreless innings before play was halted.

True freshman left-hander Bryan Powell made his first career start for the Vols. The Knoxville, Tenn., native and Farragut High School graduate scattered three hits through four innings with three strikeouts and no walks.

Tennessee managed a total of five hits, as third baseman Cody Brown doubled to lead off the fifth.

No stats from Tuesday night's game will count towards UT's season totals.

The Vols return to action this weekend with a three-game home series against SEC Western Division foe Arkansas (19-7, 4-2 SEC) at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Game times are set for 7 p.m., 4 p.m. and 2 p.m. ET.





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